Community Involvement

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

-- Arthur Ashe

Dallas Women’s Foundation Grant Review Committee

For the past 5 years, It has been a privilege for me to work on the Dallas Women's Foundation Grant Review Committee. Dallas Women's Foundation supports organizations that enable women and children to have health care, break the cycle of poverty and keep them safe from harm. My partner and I go on site visits to the organizations, tour the facilities and interview the directors and principals involved. We write a report for the Foundation and present it to the Committee for voting on the grants.

 

North Texas Food Bank

Many children leave school on Fridays and go home to an empty pantry and no prospect of a healthy meal until school resumes on Monday. This is a reality in our own community – in fact more than 44,000 children in Collin County, 20% of the children, struggle to find their next meal. Clearly it is a big problem and one that I feel deserves my attention to try to make difference.

I am pleased to support the North Texas Food Bank and its Food4Kids backpack program. Through this program 12,000 backpacks are sent home with kids every Friday during the school year. During the summer, 25,000 backpacks go home filled with nutritious food and fresh produce.

My colleagues at Northwestern Mutual join me in supporting the Food Bank and regularly help to pack children’s backpacks.

 

Young Philanthropists Project

Frequently when children celebrate their bar or bat mitzvahs (coming of age in the Jewish religion) they receive gifts of money. As my own children entered this experience, I recognized it as an opportunity to teach them the importance of giving back to the community.

In 1998 I founded the Young Philanthropists Project. The young people in the program developed a group mission statement to guide how they would use the gift money that they put into a pool to benefit a cause. The students identified organizations they were interested in supporting, researched them, made site visits and learned how their money could better the lives of others. It was a life changing experience for these 12- and 13-year olds and a valuable introduction to philanthropic giving.

In 2010 Northwestern Mutual recognized my work with the Young Philanthropists Project with the Community Service Award and a donation of $10,000 to the organization to help further its work.

 

Ann and Nate Levine Academy of Dallas

For nine years, 1998 to 2009, I served on the Board of Directors for this K-8 school.

 

Nancy Albert Kaufman, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial Representative

 

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